Warwick has been keenly interested in the provision of gifted and talented education for many years now and it is my pleasure to welcome you to our campus for the World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children. Indeed having Gifted and Talented people on campus is nothing new for Warwick! For five years we have managed the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) and, as such, are accustomed to a summer influx of the gifted and talented.
Gifted education in England is an integral part of the overall education system. Provision is rooted in day-to-day classroom provision and enhanced by additional, more advanced opportunities offered both within school and outside of it. This concept fits neatly with our aim to continue our tradition of making a high quality and challenging Warwick education available to those who are capable of benefiting from it.
We are proud of Warwick, not only for the outstanding quality of its research and teaching, but also for the variety of its campus and facilities. I hope that you have the opportunity to see something of both during your visit.
I hope that you enjoy your stay on campus as much as our summer school students do – your programme is certainly just as full.
Professor Nigel Thrift
The University of Warwick is located in the heart of England, adjacent to the city of Coventry - 3 miles (5 km) from the city centre - and on the border with Warwickshire.
Warwick has attained the position of one of Britain’s leading universities in the short period since it was founded in 1965. Warwick was the first research-led university to give priority to widening participation and lifelong learning.
The lively modern campus with its own shops, banks, bars and restaurants, has everything you need within a short walk. At the heart of the academic environment, the Conference Park provides an impressive and visually stimulating space for learning and meeting colleagues. It boasts a concert hall, two theatres, a cinema, gallery, bookshop, gift shop, conference rooms, hospitality suites, restaurants and bars. Extra facilities available to conference guests include the Rootes Social Building, the Students’ Union (one of the largest in the country) and the newly extended Sports Centre. In fact as a conference venue we boast the largest concentration of meeting space in the UK.
The chaplaincy is a popular gathering place that welcomes visitors of any or no faith. It’s home to the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Free Church and Jewish chaplains, who are always glad to meet visitors socially and pastorally. The chaplains offer everyone a sympathetic ear in total confidence.
There is an active Islamic Society and in March 2006 a new University prayer room was opened in Coventry House on central campus. It offers facilities for daily prayers and regular meetings.